Founded by Ecuadorian architect Felipe Escudero in 2012, EFE is a Quito-based innovative firm focusing on design, business tactics, and experiential innovation. We design urban strategies and architectural solutions by redefining challenging conditions as design opportunities. Collaborating with experts from all fields, we develop custom-made experiences for each one of our clients and end users.
The studio has been globally recognised for its pioneering work in a variety of projects. The Clover house that EFE designed and built in 2013 has been published by Dezeen and by Phaidon Atlas as an important work of architecture in South America. In 2016, the El Quinche House was published by Dwell for its original use of concrete and Mamallacta was presented by Designboom as a groundbreaking infrastructure surrounded by a volcanic andean landscape. In 2017 EFE's architectural work was presented in Arte Buenos Aires by No Lugar - Arte Contemporáneo as a young forward-thinking practice. That same year the studio exhibited work at the International Art Encounter in Guayaquil and in New York.
Estudio Felipe Escudero has been commissioned by clients of various backgrounds to design urban plans, architecture, renovations and artworks. Current on-going projects include a 16-storey corporate office tower in Quito, an eco-friendly hotel in Papallacta, an industrial warehouse in Pifo, a series of residential projects that blend with the vegetation in the valley of Cumbayá, and two houses in the coast of Ecuador.
Founder & Principal. Felipe Escudero started his career with graphic work that was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He went on to making sculpture and furniture pieces for art galleries in Quito, to finally make larger scale architectural work for private clients in the mountains, the coast, and the rainforest of Ecuador. Escudero presented his ideas in the form of sculpture, drawings, architectural models, renders and photographs in a solo show at Ileana Viteri Art Gallery in Quito in 2016. Later that year he released Geográfica, an object-book about architecture and urban culture in the Andes.
Escudero received his master’s degree from the Architectural Association in London and his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, after studying with a scholarship in Paris and Rome. As the founder and principal of EFE, Escudero leads design across various scales, incentivising participation from all collaborating parts.
Associate partner. Esteban Naranjo believes in the power that design has as an agent of change in the way the world works, and in the importance of merging architecture with other forms of art. Naranjo started to actively participate in the built environment when he developed construction projects while finishing his bachelor's thesis at USFQ.
Since, he has envisioned and completed a number of architectural projects of all scales, both individually and collectively. His work in various competitions led him to win the first place in a video research documentation in an international workshop in Cartagena in 2010, a large-scale residential scheme for Guapulo in 2012 and a nationwide competition for sustainable schools throughout Ecuador's different ecosystems.
Naranjo received his master's degree from the Design Research Lab at the Architectural Association in London and is currently involved in academia.
Kate Troutman (USA), Hugo Ordonez (Ecuador), Fernando Crespo (Chile), Ciboney Salgado (Ecuador), Alicia Ordonez (Ecuador), Adriana García (Ecuador), Sarentsa Calderón (Ecuador), Ivana Coba (Ecuador).
Emilio Moreno (Ecuador), Eduardo Vargas (Ecuador), Lucia Campana (Ecuador), Daniel Quevedo (Ecuador), Elisa Toledo (Ecuador), Juan Esteban Benalcazar (Ecuador), Nilufer Kocabas (Turkey), Ana Ortega (Ecuador), Monserrat Navas (Ecuador), Johanna Medina (Ecuador), Daniel Ramirez (Ecuador), Daniel Haigh (UK), Kamila Baquero (Ecuador), Sol Fiallos (Ecuador), David Aguirre (Ecuador).